Why I Work for Myself

There’s something simply splendid about working for yourself!

  • No nit-picking boss (just nit-picking clients!).
  • No dress code (unless you include every-day-as-casual-Friday!).
  • No required starting time (nobody running you off the premises, either!).
  • No putting in requests for vacation and days off (what, you mean other people DON’T work round the clock, even on holidays?).

But there are some downsides, too.

Take, for instance, that last bulleted item. Go ahead, we’ll wait while you read it over again.

Working round the clock. That’s a big part of being your own boss.

If you can’t manage time, if you don’t have an innate sense of responsibility to do what’s necessary to get the job done (right and on time, too!), you might as well forget it.

Go back to being somebody’s minion.

If you consistently feel the need to socialize, or shop, or go golfing, or read a good book poolside — again, forget it.

Those things, when done in moderation, can be wonderful brain-cleansers. They can even help your business if you run into people who need your services — or if you make time for casual networking.

But most entrepreneurs will admit they work harder for themselves than they ever did for a boss or a company. Even the perk of stock options from a company isn’t the same thing as being self-employed.

With only yourself to rely on, you have to be the sales force, accounting department, collections agency, legal department, marketing department, secretary, chief cook and bottle washer, even janitor!

Admittedly, it’s not for everyone. But those of us who do it love it.

We invest so much of ourselves in our business. The business becomes our “baby,” and we have a driving need to see that baby succeed. Our reputation is on the line (and maybe a bit of our pride, too!).

Who doesn’t want to prove — to someone, somewhere — that, despite the odds, they “made it”?!

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5 thoughts on “Why I Work for Myself

  1. As long as we get paid for doing what we love to do,it works! I would think to rely entirely on yourself and to make it would be the greatest reward despite all those obstacles.

  2. I agree, Kathy! With so many BIG businesses folding every day, it gets harder and harder to keep one’s head above water. Nevertheless, as you so aptly point out, the rewards are tremendously satisfying. And who can argue with the fulfilled feeling you get when you realize, “Wow! Somebody actually is paying me to do something I enjoy!” Now if I could just get them to pay me to write!!!

  3. I used to commute, an hour each way. Now, a pile-up on the way to work means somebody dumped the laundry basket in the hall.
    I might work around the clock but I can wear my PJs or later in the day, drink wine!
    And with technology improving all the time, it’s kind of fun. If you’re a geek that is, and I am.
    Great post!

  4. Thanks, Lynne! Once again, we turn out to be soul sistas — I, too, commuted (only 45 min. each way but it felt like forever!). Now, no more office politics, no more required contributions to baby showers or weddings, AND I can keep my doggin sleeping beside my feet! What a life! Every day I count my blessings — even a lousy day like this is better than the best day from before!

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